Improvements of the Relevant Act for Working of the Marriage Immigrants' Family in Korea

결혼이민자 가족의 국내 취업활동 허용을 위한 관련법 개선방안

  • Cho, Hyun (Division of Health Care Management, Inje University, Institute of Health Science and Informatics, Inje University) ;
  • Ko, Zoonki (Division. of international Law, Donga University, Gimhae Foreign workers Center)
  • 조현 (인제대학교 보건행정학과, 인제대학교 보건과학정보연구소) ;
  • 고준기 (김해외국인근로자지원센터)
  • Received : 2013.06.10
  • Accepted : 2013.08.20
  • Published : 2013.08.28


To explore the device to allow the marriage immigrants' family to take jobs in our country, the social and economic environments that they face are investigated and analyzed through literature survey and field inquiry. The principal motive of the marriage to Korean is economic problem. But their actual economic conditions are inferior, and other legal problems, such as getting jobs and remitting money to their home country, drive them to unstable status. The present hiring policy is applied only to foreign workers with no domestic relations(E-9), hence the marriage immigrants are excluded from the domestic employment. To make institutional devices for giving them the employment opportunity, the modification of the existing laws are proposed. For examples, the 'Act on employment of foreign workers' can be revised to permit immigrant's relatives to get jobs, and 'Immigration control law' can be amended to guarantee legal qualification for taking jobs. It is desirable that the overall control be made by the Prime Minister's Office, and operation as well as surveillance be performed by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MGEF) and the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MEL).


Marriage immigrant women;Act on Employment of the Foreign Workers etc.;Immigration Control Law;Immigration Control Act;Minority;Multi-cultural Family